Jedd Beaudoin

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Tuesday, August 16

Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel is the latest release from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Featuring many of the soulful sounds that made Robinson’s previous band, the Black Crowes, memorable, CRB adds flourishes of psychedelic music and the sounds of late 1970s FM radio. Listen for music from that recording as well as songs from the latest by Carsie Blanton, So Ferocious

Wednesday, August 17

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In 2015 Kansas City’s The Rainmakers released Cover Band, a collection of songs written and originally recorded by other artists. That might have been a surprising move given that the group boasts one of the region’s most acclaimed songwriters, Bob Walkenhorst. But Walkenhorst himself says the record allowed the band to retrace its steps and show fans how it became the band it is today.

Matthew Dover

Lately, the music that Cy Rogers, who performs under the name Cy J. Hamilton, has been writing has been much quieter than the loud, aggressive music he played in bands such as Arms For Hands, Concrete Cleaner and Truck or Dead Horse. The change in musical styles, he says, came down to one simple thing: Being a solo artist is far easier than navigating the complicated schedules of a band.

Alyson Assaf

Les Easterby has recorded and performed with And Academy, The Royal Palestine and The World Palestine. With the last band he has released albums such as Everything Is Subliminal and Let’s See Star B.

Kate Green

Shortly before the Wichita-based band Standing in the Colour began writing its new record, Singularity, guitarist Ryan Green left the band. Green and his brother Mark had created a distinct sound with their playing. According to drummer Mike Gangwere, Mark Green was more than up to the challenge of creating a single guitar sound that could stand up to the old twin guitar attack.

Monday, August 1

We celebrate the anniversary of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh with selections from the concert itself as well as music from the musicians involved. 

Tuesday, August 2

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The Appleseed Collective spends much of its time on the road, so it's fitting that the band's latest recording, The Tour Tapes, is comprised entirely of music taken from live performances. Band member Andrew Brown explains that the band also wanted to spotlight its growth as songwriters and performers.

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Eleanor Brown’s new novel, The Light of Paris, weaves together the story of two women: One living in the United States at the end of the last millennium, the other is a woman who lives in Paris at the height of the Jazz Age.

Brown says that she was inspired to write the novel after a conversation she had with her parents about her grandmother.

James Chiang

Paul Gilbert has one of the most stylistically diverse discographies in rock guitar. From his time in the shred outfit Racer X to his Top 40 success with Mr. Big and beyond, Gilbert has carved path that sees him moving with ease from the guitar heavy music of the 1970s to the layered, multi-faceted world of smart singer-songwriters such as Todd Rundgren. His latest release is I Can Destroy, an album that finds the Illinois-born musician’s senses of facility and humor intact.

Derek Hildebrandt

Heather Wooldridge is a Wichita-based musician. She plays keyboards with Vehicles and a variety of other instruments in her downtime. She favors soul music and the drums.

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